[ US /ˈdɪkˌteɪt, dɪkˈteɪt/ ]
  1. issue commands or orders for
  2. rule as a dictator
  3. say out loud for the purpose of recording
    He dictated a report to his secretary
  1. an authoritative rule
  2. a guiding principle
    the dictates of reason
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How To Use dictate In A Sentence

  • It also provides a condensed primer to some of the issues at stake in American avant-garde cinema, which, partly because of its historical opposition to the dictates of commercial mainstream moviemaking and partly because it resists commodification unlike, say, abstract painting, oppositional cinema doesn't rack up big sales at Sotheby's, has been relegated to the status of museum pieces and festival marginalia. NYT > Home Page
  • And of course the guests and limpets also had to be depilated, washed, and have their hair dressed in an order dictated by protocol. Wildfire
  • Obviously, I'm not Catholic, but I think it takes a lot of effrontery for the media to try to dictate the doctrine for Catholics.
  • Another (even greater) problem was that she was unwilling to submit to her dictates or prostrate herself in abject submission.
  • New staff roles dictate new management structures.
  • This principle dictates that records should be kept arranged in the order in which they were found.
  • Tough as steel in his adherence to principle, resilient, placable, self-less and generous beyond the dictates of fashion, steadfast in friendship, but not at the price of reason, he strides the world of mathematics a happy warrior.
  • The effective level of tax then is dictated by government outlays.
  • The line should allow the Seahawks to play smash-mouth football when the game situation or weather dictates.
  • This was not an easy decision. It is, however, a decision that we feel is dictated by our duty.
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